Video Archive #4: Live at Rock City, Nottingham 5-March-1991

This is the earliest extant video recording of Slowdive playing live that I am aware of. At the time of this gig Slowdive had only released two EPs, with a total of six published songs to their name. It shows a somewhat different band from later years: more reserved, with less movement on stage. We get to see how they played Shine live — a wonderful song that sadly disappeared from their live shows soon after — as well as the great unreleased song Colours in Spin. Also note they play the earlier version of Catch the Breeze with different lyrics and vocal lines.

They opened for Ride at this gig.